The Curriculum

We aim to develop your child and his/her potential in every sphere of growth and learning. We believe very strongly in a broad and balanced curriculum and value creativity as an essential part of children’s learning. Our curriculum is underpinned by a thematic approach and by the government’s Primary Strategy.

Organisation of the curriculum

The school is organised in the following way:

 

Juniors (Years 1 and 2)                 Key Stage 2

Infants (Years 1 and 2)                  Key Stage 1

Foundation Stage 2                       Early Years Foundation Stage

 

Foundation Stage 2 children follow a curriculum with early learning goals which should be achieved by the end of their Foundation Stage 2 year. The foundation curriculum covers education in pre-schools and nurseries and operates from the ages of 3 to 5 and, therefore, provides continuity from pre-school to school. The Foundation Stage 2 class is an introduction to more formal education with a balance of free exploration, play and set tasks. There is an emphasis on literacy and numeracy as the children progress through their time in this class. Children are not functioning within the National Curriculum at this stage but will have gained valuable experiences in readiness for National Curriculum requirements in Year 1.

The curriculum is organised around the National Curriculum which consists of three core subjects; English, maths and science and non-core, foundation subjects; art, geography, history, PE, music, technology (information and communications, design) and PSHE (personal, social and health education) which incorporates citizenship.

Religious education is not part of the National Curriculum but is regarded as a main subject to be taught. As a school we follow the Local Authority’s syllabus for RE and we are also guided by the recommendations of SACRE (Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education). It aims to provide children with knowledge and understanding of the nature of religions, their beliefs and practices.

Parents retain the right to request withdrawal of their children from RE lessons and from assemblies, which under the 1988 Education Act are required to be broadly Christian in character. This may be done by contacting the Head Teacher.

The rest of the curriculum is organised through a series of projects which groups together aspects of science and other foundation subjects.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught as a core subject throughout the school, from EYFS to Year 6. Children follow the Early Years Framework in the reception class. From Year 1 onwards, maths is taught using units of work based on ‘Best Practice’ of the ’99 and ’06 frameworks

We have a calculations policy as part of the main mathematics policy that shows the progression children should make with using the four operations of calculation.

We use ICT to enhance maths lessons whenever possible and encourage children to use visual models and images, as well as practical mathematical equipment. We tailor our maths lessons towards more practical and ‘hands on’ activities, together with teaching investigative and ‘real life’ mathematical skills.

English

English is another core subject which is taught daily throughout the school. Children follow the Early Years Framework in the Foundation Stage 2 class. However, teachers in KS1 and KS2 follow the Renewed Primary Framework to give children opportunities to develop speaking and listening skills such as performing drama, reading and analysing text and writing. From Year 1 to Year 6, children study units of work under the themes of fiction, non fiction and poetry. Spelling patterns/phonics, grammar and handwriting is also taught.

Children are introduced and encouraged to use a range of different writing styles through a range of purposeful activities across all curriculum areas; for example: poems, stories, lists, captions, brochures, letters, invitations, explanations, research and much more. Children are taught within guided reading and writing groups as well as a whole class and independently. They are encouraged to share ideas with response partners and check work against success criteria. Teachers provide written and verbal feedback to children when marking work through writing three stars and a challenge.

We aim to develop within the children an enjoyment of books, fiction, non-fiction and verse, and to enable them to read confidently with pleasure and to find information. Parents are encouraged to help their child read at home.

In KS1 the children follow the Rigby Star reading scheme for both individual and guided reading, this is also supplemented by Ginn. The Department for Education strategy, Letters and Sounds is followed in phonics, supported by resources from Read, Write, Inc.

Science

It is a further core subject. Children follow the Early Years Framework in the Foundation Stage 2 class. Science in the EYFS is an integral part of the topic work covered during the year. It is generally approached through subject specific lessons using a comprehensive scheme where children learn through practical investigations, developing skills of observing, comparing, predicting, testing, communicating, recording and interpreting results.

PE (Physical Education)

Children receive a varied and balanced PE curriculum with every child receiving at least two hours of high quality PE per week. Physical education includes games, dance, gymnastic, swimming (in year 5/6), outdoor adventure activities and athletics. The school is very well resourced including a fully equipped hall for gymnastics, playground, adventure trail and school field. and access to an Astroturf area and tennis courts. Throughout the year the school offers extra curricular activities including football, tag rugby and athletics. In KS2 there are opportunities for children to participate in sports festivals with other local schools.

ICT (Information and Communication Technology)

We have a strong commitment to ICT for all children and are in the process of reviewing the way that we use technology to support teaching and learning. This will include the development of a new learning resource base.

Currently we have a dedicated computer suite, a computer and interactive whiteboard in every classroom, along with a range of peripherals to enhance provision.

The ICT scheme of work covers the skills of communicating information, handling data, control, modelling and monitoring. All pupils are regularly assessed.

 

Assessment of pupil progress

We believe in assessment for learning, which helps us to deliver appropriate learning experiences for each child and provides the basis for continuity and progression. All children are continually assessed by their teacher during the course of the year, using both formative and summative assessments. The children are set curricular targets in literacy and numeracy, at the beginning of each term. These are then reviewed as a joint process between the children and their teachers at the end of the term. Giving children feedback both verbally and written is an essential part of our assessment policy.

In addition, all parents will receive a yearly report on their child’s progress and achievements including assessment reports at the end of each key stage.

Children are formally assessed by:

Early Years Foundation Stage Profile

This is a form of assessment which takes place at then end of the child’s reception year.
It covers three prime areas:

  • Communication and language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, social and Emotional Development

And four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:

  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Year 1

Phonics screening test

SATS (Standardised Assessment Tests)

  • End of Key Stage 1 (Year 2) in English and maths.
  • End of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) in English, maths and science
  • Tests are administered nationally during the summer term.

Assessment through Key Stage 2

In Years 3, 4 and 5 we use Assessing Pupils Progress (APP) materials to monitor progress in reading, writing and maths. We also use optional SATs tests. These tests are administered during the summer term.

Homework

At Key Stage One, children regularly take reading books home, have maths homework and are also asked to learn spellings. Please listen to your child read and share books with them as often as possible. Homework is set regularly at Key Stage Two. This may involve learning spellings and times tables. Children will also be asked to do various follow-up activities from the work they are doing at school.

Children need to know that homework is valued both at home and at school. Please ensure that your child does the homework that is set.